"OVERSTRAND, on the coast, from 1 to 2 miles E.S.E. of Cromer, has in its parish 240 souls, and 439 acres of land, bounded on the south by a range of hills, and on the north by the lofty sea cliffs, but having on the beach a fishing station, called BECK HYTH, where there are curing houses, and 4 large and 14 small fishing boats. It is in the manor of Gimingham-Lancaster, held by Lord Suffield, but the soil belongs to copyholders, subject to arbitrary fines. The old Church (St. Martin,) was washed down in the reign of Richard II., when the present one was erected. Only part of the nave is fitted up for divine service, and the rest is in ruins. The rectory, valued in the King's Book at £2. 1s. 5d., was augmented with £200 of Queen Anne's Bounty in 1800, and has £80. 7s. a year, awarded in 1840, in lieu of tithes. Lord Suffield is patron, and the Rev. Paul Johnson incumbent." [William White, History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk (1845) - Transcription copyright © Pat Newby]


See also Sidestrand.
Poppyland is the area around Overstrand and Sidestrand.



The Monumental Inscriptions in the Hundred of North Erpingham (Walter Rye).
The parishes covered include Overstrand.
See Trunch

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Cemeteries


Church Directories

  • In 1883 the parish was in the Deanery of Repps, in the archdeaconry of Norfolk.
    It could have been in a different deanery or archdeaconry both before and after this date.
  • The dedication of the parish church is Christ Church.
    There was previously a church dedicated to St Martin.

Church History

No author
St Martin's Church, Overstrand.
[London, Home Words, 1975]
Methodist Church
Minister, services, picture, etc.
Follow the link to the home page, then search for the church.

Church Records

Archdeacons' Transcripts
Baptisms 1725-1812, Marriages 1726-1811 and Burials 1725-1811.
[Parish Register Transcription Society, Dart Series, 2000?]
These are not included in Boyd's Marriage Index or Phillimore's Marriage Registers.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Church Records


Civil Registration

For the civil registration of births, marriages and deaths between 1837 and 1930 (and for the censuses from 1851 to 1901), Overstrand was in Erpingham Registration District.

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Civil Registration


Description & Travel

Overstrand Parish Council
Councillors, meetings, minutes, etc.
This is the area around Overstrand and Sidestrand.
Battersea, Lady Constance
Reminiscences (of Overstrand and the Rothschild family).
[London, Macmillan, 1923]
Knights, Mark
The illustrated guide to Cromer and neighbourhood: including Runton, Sherringham, Overstrand, Sidestrand, Mundesley, Northrepps, Bacton, Bromholm, and the Broads; revised to the present time by Mark Knights.
[London, Jarrold, 1880s]
Rothery, Constance
The Poppyland Flyer: the story of the railway line from Cromer to North Walsham, 1906-1953: calling at: Cromer Links - Overstrand - Sidestrand Halt -Trimmingham and Paston and Knapton - Mundesley.
[Norfolk, 1984]
Stibbons, Peter; and Cleveland, David
Poppyland: Strands of Norfolk History.
[ISBN 0946148171, Poppyland Publishing, 1985]

See also Norfolk Parish Links: Description and Travel

You can see pictures of Overstrand which are provided by:




Historical Geography

Overstrand is in North Erpingham Hundred.

Parish outline and location.
See Parish Map for North Erpingham Hundred
Description of North Erpingham Hundred
1845: White's History, Gazetteer, and Directory of Norfolk

You can see the administrative areas in which Overstrand has been placed at times in the past. Select one to see a link to a map of that particular area.



You can see maps centred on OS grid reference TG245408 (Lat/Lon: 52.91796, 1.337327), Overstrand which are provided by:


Poor Houses, Poor Law



Anderson, Verily
Let's have a school. Overstrand Belfry School, 1830-1980.
[Overstrand Belfry School, 1980]